Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Little Red

Another year has passed.
It is so hard to believe that Matilda has made Nate and I parents for FOUR years now.

And she continues to make me so happy to be her Mom.
I love watching her grow into her own skin, becoming more comfortable with herself.

She has a tender heart, and listening ears. She likes to learn, and do puzzles.
A silly streak, and a cautious approach to things that she is uncertain of.

She is an observer. A great big sister. An ear-rubber and finger sucker (at least for nap time!).

There is never too much time that passes before she poses her next question, whether it be why a squirrel can balance on the fence and she can't, or where do buttons come from, this girl is always thinking.

We hosted 10 of her little friends over for her Little Red Riding Hood Birthday Party and it was everything you would imagine 90 minutes with that many kids in one house would be. Loud. Silly. Fun. Crazy. Hectic. Amazing.

Little Red Storytime

Waiting for the door to open to go on our Red Riding Hood Scavenger hunt

Matilda wasn't quite sure it was fair that Bea got to have a GIANT egg hunt for her birthday, so we had to get creative on how to incorporate some sort of 'seek and find...'#justicepolice

Making Masks

Cupcakes courtesy of Grandma Nancy!

Waiting to be devoured

So sweet

The finished product

Balloon Dance Party should have been called Screamfest

Happy Birthday Matilda!

The anticipation of the cake!

Make a wish!

And just like that we have a four-year old.
I cannot believe we are lucky enough to call her ours.
And how fast time is going.
It seems like just yesterday I was crying to Nate saying "I just want her to be an age that I can DO stuff with her."

 And now I am crying to Nate saying, "It's going to go too fast. Pretty soon she is going to be way to cool to play with us and just want to hang out with her friends. Can you invent a time machine??"

We love you Matilda!!!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Summer Lovin'

This maternity leave continues to get better. Day after day, the thought of work creeps in and makes me wish I could figure out how to strike it rich (or at least rich enough to not have to worry about losing our house and car) so that I didn't have to go back to work. Can you blame me? This is who I am hanging out with each day....

Sure, he can be cranky at times. Definitely poops his pants more than the average human. Drools. Spits. And has recently discovered the joy of making fart noises with his mouth. But....he is also smiley. And snuggly. And pretty damn cute.

We have busted out the exersaucer which is the perfect little entertainment center for Odie, while the girls run around in the backyard. And as a double bonus acts as a little fortress of protection from Bea.

The girls...well they like water. Water for washing rocks. Water for washing much. Dump it out and start all over. I love games like this. That require just imagination (perhaps some would call it manipulation) and whatever you can discover laying around your backyard.

We haven't busted out the swimsuits yet. But personally, based on this picture, I am quite ok with it. Check out Bea in her little undies. GIves me extra motivation to potty train. That booty.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Reading Machine

The last month of maternity leave has not only been a love affair between Otis and I, but a rekindling of my love of reading. Not that it ever went away, but pre-Otis I could never really seem to muster up the energy to want to tackle a book, choosing to stare at a wall or maybe a TV screen for 45 minutes every night before I went to bed.

But the last month has had me cruising through books. Some bad, some decent and a couple good (depending on what your definition of good is). I am still waiting for my earth-shatteringly good book though....so who has it for me? Who can give me the recommendation that will rock the remainder of my leave and keep the love affair going?

For the record, check out my Shelfair shelf on the right side of the screen. Here is the order I would rank  the books I have read in the last few months:

1) The Girl on the Train
2) Left Neglected
3) Eleanor and Park
4) All The Light We Cannot See
5) Hidden
6) Wreckage
7) Ghost Boy

I am currently digging into a new book from my one selection each month that I get with my Amazon Prime membership (my new favorite membership perk)....

Send me your recommendations!

Friday, May 1, 2015


April was a month of Firsts for us!

Bea had her first Tumbletot experience and I am pretty sure the smile below was the only one that came across her face the entire night. She is NOT a fan of the 'coach' that teaches her class, doesn't understand why she has to wait in line to go on the trampoline, and really just wanted to know why she couldn't be in Matilda's class. She even sat down next to Tillie after her class was over and expected Tillie's coach to give her a sticker.I guess keeping up with the big sister is alive and well in this house.

Otis had his first enjoyable moments under the playmat. Up until a few weeks ago the mere motion to try and put him under this thing would set him off. Now he is pretty impressed with himself that he can reach up and bat the toys. Big stuff, Otis. Big stuff.

Bea also had her first haircut. I know the toddler mullet is a stage that we all must go through but I just couldn't do it anymore. So, in we went. Bea was mesmerized by the TV. For about 2 minutes....
And then the kind soul who tried to cut her hair got close and the tears and tantrum began. Oh Bea....
So we did the cut in my lap and forewent the blow dry.

This is the face of the girl that knows she just got her way....

But so did Mama...the mullet is gone!

It was a BIG first for Matilda too! Her first time riding on a big girl bike. After months of research, I finally told Nate he had to make a decision because at this rate she would never learn how to ride a bike. Off they went to the bike store and came back with this red beauty. Tillie loves it, and honestly picked it up so easy (which of course Nate likes to credit with his research and picking the perfect bike).

She is ready for action and already asking to bike to the park.

Not to be outdone, Bea needed to show us that she can do her scooter all by herself now.

Otis rolled for the first time and got some good giggles. He gives out his smiles and laughs pretty easy. 

And just because this picture is too much, here was the girls' first look at some duck that have moved into our yard and like to perch on our roof.

I mean, the toddler legs. The pre-schooler wedgie. Swoon.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tillie Talks

Sitting around the dinner table, Matilda says she wants to go to Africa out of the blue. Nate got super excited and started telling her about all of the animals she would see. And then I tell her how far away it is and say it would be like 8 trips to Grandma and Grand's house. To which this happened:

Matilda: "I don't want to go to Africa anymore."
Me: "Where do you want to go?"
Matilda (thinking): "I don't know....maybe just school. And the zoo?"


Beatrice waas having an especially tough morning (lots of crying, whining, temper tantrum throwing) and I was feeding Otis upstairs....

Matilda: "I wish there were two people right now. It's really hard when there is just one people and two kids."


Nate: "What are you going to be when you grow up?"
Matilda: " A teacher with long hair."


Nate: "Matilda, how did your eyes get green?"
Matilda: "I think someone painted them with a little tiny paintbrush."


Driving to the hair cut place, and we get stopped at the stoplight by Trader Joes...

Matilda: "Mama, this isn't the hair cut place. This is sloppy joes!"

Monday, April 13, 2015

Fourth Annual Egg Hunt!!

Easter has come and gone, and I realized I didn't post about our Annual Egg Hunt! First off, I am SO bummed with my photos of this event--clearly when you have 100 people to your house you should put someone else in charge of photos, because I had very few.

But, that's fine because it was a super fun time! I think we hid close to 500 eggs (and by we I mean Auntie Meghan did the bulk of the hiding!), and had 45 little ones under the age of 7. I really could have used a little more help from Mother Nature, but it could have been worse. But to say we had a full house is an understatement. Although, for how many people we had, we managed to have WAY to much food.

I was SUPER excited that I actually would have  mantle to decorate this year.

We brought back a crowd-favorite from our first year....

And introduced a new little pudding cup treat.....

Little did I know, that these little Jello Bunnies would be the ONLY thing we actually ate almost all of. Good thing my Mom was in town to painstakingly extract each of these from the mold, or I don't think they would have happened.

And, since Bea's birthday was the day before, we had to have a cake and sing her a quick round of Happy Birthday. Queen of Cakes did an AMAZING job whipping up a Peter Cottontail inspired treat...

We also started a little photo wall. Since we have been doing this for so many years, it is fun to see how much some of the kiddos have changed!

This is one of the few pictures I have of either of my kids hunting for eggs...:)

And there is Grandma--holding down the baby fort inside!

Tillie and Bea had so much fun with all of their friends, It was the talk of our dinner table for about 3 months leading up to the actual event. I am actually surprised that Matilda was able to calm herself enough to take a nap that day...but she did!

The Birthday Girl

Stealing a lick

Bea's 'after-party' look inspired by Auntie Meghan

Friday, April 10, 2015

Her Royal Twoness

Look out, World. We have another 2-year old. And her name is Beatrice. I cannot believe that we are already celebrating her 2nd year. It truly feels like we were just figuring out how to adapt to life as a family of four, and now it's two years later, we have a third child, and Beatrice is talking, singing, running, demanding, hugging, scooting, and wrapping us around her finger.

To say that Beatrice can hold her own is an understatement. She gets what is hers (and sometimes what isn't actually hers), communicates readily without words (her eyes say it all), and seems masterful at negotiation (but perhaps our patience is just worn so thin that we give in a little too easily these days).

Her independence is something fierce with "I DO" ringing out from any room she may be in. Whether it is her wanting to do something for herself, or try something her big sister is doing, Bea is ready to take it all on. No height is too high for jumping off of, and no bag is too heavy to lift.

Bea loves her brother and her sister. She loves doing what Matilda does, and telling us what to do to Otis. So I guess her position as Middle child is perfect. She is surprisingly good at helping pick up toys, and equally as surprisingly good at ignoring us when we tell her NOT to do something (like eat yogurt with her fingers).

Her second year of life was scattered with a variety of illnesses, some landing her in the hospital, and some just landing her at home where she could soak up a few uninterrupted snuggles. She has definitely been the sickest Hanson kidlet to date, but if this is the worst of it, I consider us lucky. Perhaps that is why she enjoys playing doctor so much....And how she knows now every night we put on her 'special lotion' of coconut oil and essential oils mixed in.

She is sassy and sweet. Unafraid (unless of course you have a dog with you). Vibrant. Hilarious. Expressive. She knows what she wants, and how to get it (which sometimes right now involves teeth or pinching...).

It is without a doubt going to be an exciting ride to be with this little one the next 16 years. We love you, Beatrice! Happy Birthday!